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4:00 AM ET, October 28, 2012


 Top News: 
Sarah Marshall /
Al Jazeera creates interactive video transcripts of debates  —  Each word in the transcripts of the US presidential debates is linked to the exact point in the video where that word is spoken by Obama or Romney  —  The four US presidential debates maybe over but Al Jazeera English now offers …
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Surmounting the Insurmountable: Wikipedia Is Nearing Completion, in a Sense  —  And that's something of a challenge for the collaborative encyclopedia going forward  —  For about the last five years, Wikipedia has had trouble getting and keeping new volunteer editors.
Discussion: The Verge and Guardian
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
‘Great Journalism’ That Has Unwanted Business Impact in China  —  Here's one memorable part of the coverage of the Chinese government's censorship Friday of The New York Times's Chinese-language Web site: the word “harmonized.”  —  The word crops up in a Washington Post story …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The ‘Times’ hits its first hurdle in its quest to capture the Chinese market
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Times’ foreign editor says readers in China are finding their way to the site despite government blockade
Discussion: New York Times, Guardian and CNET
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN bans ‘Frankenstorm’ term for Hurricane Sandy  —  Hurricane Sandy, a big storm expected to hit the Eastern Seaboard just shy of Halloween, has taken on the popular nickname of “Frankenstorm.”  A Newsday story takes the moniker to punning extremes, noting, “Meteorologists expect …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
New York Times endorses Obama ‘enthusiastically’  —  The New York Times editorial board, rather unsuprisingly, endorsed President Obama on Saturday.  But unlike many other papers calling for the president's re-election with some resignation, the Times is “enthusiastically” backing him.
David Weigel / Slate:
The Power of James O'Keefe  —  This is a fact, and it will piss of liberals, but: James O'Keefe has had more of an impact on the 2012 election than any other journalist.  His newest victory occured in Virginia, where a reporter from his Project Veritas approached Patrick Moran …
New York Times:
Spain's Troubles Catch Up With a Storied Newspaper  —  MADRID — El País established itself as the leading newspaper in Spain in the late 1970s, serving as a frontline witness to the formative period when Spain returned to democracy after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
BuzzFeed adapts its branded content approach to political advertising, and Obama's in  —  Add this to the signs that BuzzFeed is becoming a serious player in the media business: campaign ads.  —  More specifically, native, BuzzFeed-y, campaign ads.  This month Obama for America became …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Wired
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Rupert Murdoch, American publisher  —  State governments finally cracked down on Amazon's sales tax exemption, and Jeff Bezos found a workaround: same-day-delivery of retail ("The newsonomics of Amazon vs. Main Street").  European governments and the European Community …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
In 2012 election, the meme factory hones its assembly line  —  From binders full of women to horses and bayonets, candidates find themselves navigating the first ‘Meme Election’  —  About 100 people had gathered for a generously-catered, open bar party in the West Village offices of Livestream …
Discussion: GigaOM
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
New Megaupload To Launch On Police Raid Anniversary  —  With 50 million visitors per day at its peak, Megaupload was one of the largest websites on the Internet.  —  This abruptly ended January this year when the U.S. Government took down the file-hosting service and had several key employees arrested including founder Kim Dotcom.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The paywall prevents a deeper downturn at the NYT  —  Digital subs keep a weak earnings report from turning into a disastrous one  —  New York Times Company shares plummeted Thursday as ad revenues were worse than expected, pushing down profits from a year ago.  —  That's the bad news.
Discussion: BtoB Magazine and Poynter
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